SDRplay Now Available at Radioworld !

We are pleased to announce that Radioworld is now carrying  SDRplay Software defined receivers. These world-famous products have been requested by many customers – and we listened !
Made in the U.K. , now distributed and sold in Canada, there are three models available.

You can see them here.

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Emma VE3EHT – New ham and DX’er

Bob Heil’s internet TV Show HamNation, recently ran a story featuring Emma Hardman, VE3EHT. Emma is 13 years old and the daughter of Rod Hardman VE3RHF. Have a look at the video as Emma talks about her first contact – with V51WW in Namibia.
Emma is featured at the 28:10 mark.

Congratulations Emma !

Emma VE3EHT and father Rod VE3RHF

Emma VE3EHT and father Rod VE3RHF

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I Would Like to Get an HF Antenna for my Home – Part 1

We have heard this numerous times from our Amateur Radio customers. Whether you are just starting out, or an oldtimer who has been hamming for years – and everyone in between – this is a fairly complicated and in depth subject.

What does an antenna do ?
This is what radiates your signal out to the world. This is the most critical part of any amateur radio station. If you are going to cut corners or save some of the budget, this is NOT the part to do it on.

So how do you select the correct antenna, when there are so many to choose from ?

Let’s look at the types of antennas available.

A Vertical antenna for HF

Verticals – Basic, can be single or multi band. Relatively inexpensive as well. Should be ground mounted with ground radials installed, which is what turns most people away from this type of antenna. An absolute minimum of 4 radials are required, but don’t expect huge results. Typically 32 or more should be installed, on the ground (they will settle in and disappear over time) or you bury them yourself.
Ground mounted verticals are good for DX because of their low angle of radiation.

The same vertical can also be installed on a roof or tower, but they require some form of counterpoise system. This is typically accomplished by hanging the  radials from the base of the antenna. A good example would be installing the antenna on a roof, and laying the radials across the roof.

Radials always connect to the base of the antenna , and are run outward in equal divisions, much like the spokes of a wheel.

Here is a typical vertical antenna: https://radioworld.ca/but-hf6v
You can add some options or homebrew your own.
This radial kit by DX Engineering includes radial wire, fasteners, and “staples” to staple the radials to the ground. The staples will decompose naturally on their own.
DX Engineering also manufactures a base plate for mounting the vertical to a post, and then securing the radials to the plate.

Radioworld sells verticals by Butternut, Comet, Cushcraft, DX Engineering, Hustler, Hy-Gain, and MFJ.
Some are single band, two band, or multiband up to 9 bands. In general, the more bands that the antenna covers, or the smaller an antenna is, the more of a compromise the antenna is. Where most multiband antennas employ coils and/or traps to allow extra bands, antennas like this 43 foot vertical from DX Engineering use no coils or traps, but utilises a remote tuner (sold separately)  at the base of the antenna. And you still need those radials.

Then, there are vertical antennas that employ a matching network on the antenna, with a few very short radials at the base of the antenna. These are much better for tower or roof mounting, as you don’t have wire radials hanging and drooping down, and looking messy. This is again a compromise antenna, but they do work reasonably well. Typically they cost 1.5 – 2 times more than a ground mounted vertical.
Here is an example of a multiband vertical with a matching network.

Vertical antennas are very popular due to their reasonable cost, multiband coverage and ease of installation. They are ideal for small lot sizes. They offer a uniform radiation pattern, but tend to be noisier than horizontally polarised antennas. Yes, you can work DX, but you’ll be blending in with everyone else when you’re calling that rare one.
And be sure to keep an open mind – this CB antenna covers 10, 11, 12 and 15 metres, and requires no radials.

Wire AntennasWire Antennas – The easiest and least expensive of HF antennas. You can purchase commercially made and pre-tuned single, or multiband wire antennas, or build your own. Typically wire antennas are configured as dipole or inverted V styles, but can also be slopers, inverted L’s, long wire or various other styles.

Some popular wire antennas, like the G5RV, require a matching network (tuner) to work properly. This would also apply to non-resonant antennas like longwires, inverted L’s and slopers.

Because of their low cost, low profile, low maintenance and decent performance, many hams build their own wire antennas. You can build everything yourself, or use some commercially made parts like this inexpensive centre and end insulator kit. Add your own wire, special dacron rope to tie off the insulators, and feedline (cable), and you’re all set !

Beams, or directional antennas, are a step up from the others. These antennas direct the signal in one direction, and reject signals from other directions. They are basically a dipole antenna with reflective and directive elements added on to a common boom. They can be for single bands or for multiple bands, but because of their size do not (usually) cover lower frequencies.

A single element antenna is a dipole. The signal radiates from the sides, but not the ends. Adding a director(s)  and a reflector(s) alters the radiation pattern into one direction. The more “elements” (director/reflector elements) the more gain an antenna will have, in one direction. The antenna is aimed at the station you wish to contact. This is done with a rotator on the tower, accessed from a control box at the operators station.

Here is a three element beam for 10, 15 and 20 metres th3-mk4

In this picture, the signal is aimed to the left. The centre element, called the driven element, radiates the signal. The element on the right (the reflector), reflects the signal to the left. The leftmost element (the director) directs the signal to the left. Directors are physically shorter than the driven element, whilst the reflector is physically longer than the driven element. And there is plenty of math to calculate all those dimensions.

Beams can be quite large, and usually need to be supported by a tower. Some smaller beams can be mounted on smaller structures, like tripods or stand alone masts.

Here is an example of an extremely large antenna system20mbeam

Like any antenna, the higher up it is mounted, the better it will perform.

To the left is a 5 element beam for 20 metres, on a 78 foot tower. Quite expensive, it requires some serious work to put up, but will give a really big signal.

 

 

 

So when customers come in saying they want an antenna for HF and what do we recommend, it really isn’t an easy answer. We have to ask many questions to find what works for you.

Come on in and let’s talk.

Tim VA3FU
WAC, WAS, DXCC

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Team Radioworld – 2016 Berkley B1 Champions

Team Radioworld – Ryan Flaro and Scott Lefebvre
2016 Berkley B1 Champions with 43.59lbs!

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Congratulations to our friends Ryan Flaro and Scott Lefebvre for their hard work and dedication to fishing the Berkley B1 and coming out the other side as the 2016 B1 Champions!

Ryan and Scott put together a solid bag on day 1, finishing second place in a tight battle with a few other teams. In fact the top 10 teams had a good shot at taking the prize going into Day 2 and it was really anyone’s prize to take.

In the end it was the very closest of weights that separated first from third place with Team Radioworld victorious!

Congratulations guys, you made us proud!

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Here are a few words from Ryan Flaro….

“Wow is all I can say!  What a roller coaster ride!

I still can’t believe we pulled it off with such a close battle. What an amazing group of talented anglers and finally , we get to B the 1.    Thank you everyone for hundreds of messages of support on this amazing ride of a lifetime! For once in my life I’m speechless!

First and foremost thank  Radioworld, Remax Cornwall, Malyon Excavation, and Gajo Baits.  Without you in our corner we would never be able to do what we love to do.

I wish to thank my wife Gabie and daughter Meadow for endless support, keeping us positive and allowing us to spend the countless hours doing what we love to do while standing in wind, rain , cold or heat, cheering us on no matter how we finished all season long!”

and a few from Scott Lefebvre

“What a wild ride!  I still can’t believe it’s true!

I’d like to say thanks to my wife Linda & and son Tysen for putting up with my countless days on the water, my partner Ryan, all the B1 competitors, (especially the top 3 for such an exciting finish) and last but not least Ben Woo and the B1 Staff for putting on such a great event.”

Thanks again for representing our brand and your support.

Sincerely

Jack Summers and friends at Radioworld

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New to Radioworld – DX Engineering Radial Plates DXE-RADP-3

DX Engineering Radial Plates are made of 304 Stainless Steel, 1/8 inch thick and 11.625 in. x 11.625 in. outside dimensions. They are made with the finest Stainless Steel that will last! Not cheap aluminum that will dissolve in your soil !

DX Engineering Radial Plate

DX Engineering Radial Plate

Includes the correct Stainless Steel bolts, nuts, star washers, flat washers and lock washers to attach the radials.(Includes 20 sets, plate can accommodate 60 sets).

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Navionics+ Canada Regional Chart

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With new Navionics+ Regions, you can get Navionics+ marine & lakes content for only $215! Included is all Nautical Chart and SonarChart™ 1 ft HD bathymetry preloaded of more than 3,400 lakes in Canada and Alaska, plus all of Puget Sound, Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake and Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. For the best experience, you can download Community Edits and update your charts at navionics.com with daily updates for one year!

Whether you enjoy cruising coastal waters, sailing the Great Lakes, fishing your favorite local pond or heading out to offshore destinations, you can do it all and more with one chart card!

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SmartSDR for iOS announced by FlexRadio Systems

FlexRadio Systems and Marcus Roskosch, DL8MRE Partner to bring SmartSDRTM for iOS to Market

 

SmartSDR for iOS allows operators to run SmartSDR on an iPad® or iPhone®

Essen, Germany and Austin TX – August 5, 2016: FlexRadio Systems and Marcus Roskosch, DL8MRE announced today a partnership to develop, market and sell a client interface application for both iPad® and iPhone® devices. SmartSDR™ for iOS was designed to offer FLEX-6300, FLEX-6500 and FLEX-6700 owners the ability to operate from home or remotely through their mobile device.   SmartSDR for iOS provides many of the great features of SmartSDR for Windows® plus a few extras.

Full and Remote Control

SmartSDR for iOS can almost fully replace SmartSDR for Windows® and most of its features can now be used from your mobile device without the necessity to use a PC. You can operate in any mode, such as SSB or even CWX including sidetone.

In addition, the application can run along with programs on your PC such as N1MM or CW Skimmer or even along with SmartSDR for Windows as Remote Control.

Extras

On top of that, SmartSDR for iOS offers a visual Band plan and DX-Cluster integration. Band limits, modes and DX-Cluster spots will be displayed right inside the panadapter.

SmartSDR for iOS supports multi-tasking on newer iPads so it can run side-by-side and concurrently with any other app on your device.

To run SmartSDR for iOS the operator will need a FLEX-6000 series radio, an Apple device such as an iPad®, iPhone® or iPod® Touch running iOS 9.0 or greater. A newer iPad (3, Air 1 or newer) or iPhone (5s or better) is recommended.

To run this app at your home, nothing else but a regular Wi-Fi connection is needed. You can immediately start using the app.

To run the app and to operate your FLEX-6000 series radio from outside your shack, you need to have a VPN connection to your home network.

SmartSDR for iOS will be available from the App Store starting August 5, 2016 and is priced at US $49.99. Optional features such as the DX-Cluster and Band Plan are priced at US $4.99. For more information on SmartSDR for iOS client or FlexRadio Systems visit www.flexradio.com.

 

About FlexRadio Systems

FlexRadio Systems is a pioneer in the design and development of software defined radios (SDRs) for the amateur radio market.  Founded in 2003, FlexRadio was the first to introduce an SDR radio to the amateur community allowing for personality, functionality and performance of the radio to be upgraded through simple software downloads.  This revolution by FlexRadio Systems allowed for the evolution of amateur radio as we know it today.  FlexRadio Systems is headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA.  For more information, please visit www.flexradio.com or follow FlexRadio Systems on Twitter or Facebook.

 

About DL8MRE

Marcus Roskosch, DL8MRE, was formerly the global head of a multi-national discount chain’s IT department for almost 15 years. He has been a developer of application software since 1985 and has been developing iOS applications since 2008; when Apple first introduced the App Store. He currently has more than 50 applications on the Apple App Store and Microsoft Windows Store including the popular Electronic Toolbox. In 2010 an application he developed for NXP on the prestigious EMMAs award and in 2013, his NetworkToolbox app was awarded as Best of Year by PC Magazine.

 

 

FlexRadio Systems is a registered trademark and FLEX-6000 Signature Series, FLEX-6300, FLEX-6500, FLEX-6700 and SmartSDR are trademarks of FlexRadio Systems. Apple, iPhone iPad, iPod are registered trademarks of Apple.   Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft. All other marks are owned by their respective owners.   Stated specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

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Great Deal on Garmin echomap95SV $999

We have the Garmin echomap 95SV sonar/GPS with LakeVu HD Canada charting built in and the GT40-TM transducer with DownVü/SideVü 500W CHIRP 455/800 kHz imaging sonar! These units can share waypoints with the optional data sharing cable ($30). This is by far the best deal we have seen on a 9″ unit with CHIRP SideVu and maps EVER!!!

Garmin echoMAP 95sv – Canada – 010-01393-00 with Transducer

9-inch Combo with DownVü and SideVü Scanning Sonar

  • High-contrast colour display with keypad control with preloaded Canada LakeVü™ HD maps
  • Built-in DownVü and SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water
  • Built-in 500 W (RMS) HD-ID™ sonar (4,000 W peak-to-peak)
  • 5 Hz Internal GPS updates position and heading 5 times per second
  • Tilting, quick-disconnect mount

echoMAP 95sv includes a 9-inch high-contrast colour display with automatic backlight adjustment. Fast, responsive 5 Hz GPS/GLONASS refreshes your position and heading 5 times each second to make your movement on the screen more fluid. echoMAP comes with 1 transducer for 77/200 kHz HD-ID sonar and Garmin DownVü™/SideVü™, the clearest scanning sonars on the water. It also supports Minn Kota® and MotorGuide® trolling motors with integrated transducers. The combo’s cables plug directly into the mount, allowing you to quickly install and remove your device from power and the mount. Transom and trolling motor mount included.

Clearest Scanning Sonar on the Water
Garmin DownVü scanning sonar gives you a nearly photographic image of what passes below your boat. Garmin SideVü scanning sonar gives you a crisp, clear view of what lies up to 750-feet off to each side of your boat. You clearly see structure, submerged objects and fish. Traditional Garmin HD-ID sonar and both DownVü and SideVü scanning sonar are combined into one transducer. Also provides HD-ID support for Minn Kota® and MotorGuide® trolling motors with integrated transducers. The echoMAP 95sv also includes sonar-recording capability that coordinates the timing of the sonar return with your boat’s position and saves digital information for playback on a computer using free HomePort™ planning software. Use the User Data Sharing Cable to share waypoints and routes between multiple devices.

Preloaded Canada LakeVü HD Maps
Canada LakeVü HD includes the most detailed freshwater fishing maps ever. With more than 6,000 total lakes — of which 1,000 are HD lakes having 1-foot contours shoreline to shoreline — within Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon provinces. It also includes detailed coverage of the Great Lakes and Trent Severn Waterway, so there is no need to purchase additional mapping accessories for these navigable waters. You get clearly displayed, detailed shorelines, coastlines, streams, channels and fishing locations. It also includes underwater features, such as river beds and fish attractors. Plus, Safety Shading — which allows you to input and shade your minimum depth to help you avoid running aground.

Heading and Position Refreshed 5 Times per Second
Fast, responsive 5 Hz GPS/GLONASS refreshes your position and heading 5 times each second to make your movement on the screen more fluid. It makes dropping up to 5,000 accurate waypoints and finding your way back to your secret fishing hot spots quick and easy.

Take Your echoMAP with You
When you’re off the water, it’s easy to keep your echoMAP safe and secure. You don’t have to mess with plugging and unplugging wires from the unit because the cords plug directly into the mount. This allows you to quickly install and remove your echoMAP from power and the mount.

Upgrade with the Best Garmin Maps on the Water
A single microSD™ card slot provides expandable memory for accessory map purchases such as Canada LakeVü HD Ultra or BlueChart® g2 Vision. Canada LakeVü HD Ultra and BlueChart g2 Vision provide exclusive Garmin Auto Guidance that directs you right to your hot spots by instantly creating an on-screen path based on your boat’s specifications that you can follow to avoid shallow water and other charted obstructions.


Enhanced Auto Guidance
Just enter the location where you want to go and patented Garmin Auto Guidance technology instantly searches through relevant charts to create a safe virtual pathway on the display that helps you avoid low bridges, shallow water and other charted obstructions en route.

Better still, with enhanced Version 2.0, you now have access to even more features and capabilities. You’re able to adjust the calculated Auto Guidance pathway by inserting “via” points at interim stops or landmarks along your desired route. You can easily review hazard points along your calculated path. And you can even engage your compatible Garmin autopilot to follow the Auto Guidance route, automatically. Other 2.0 enhancements give you the ability to calculate arrival times at any point on your route (great for timing arrivals to correspond with bridge openings and other time-critical events). Better still, you can now save your plotted Auto Guidance paths for future navigation by backing them up on an SD™ card with your BlueChart® g2 Vision® or Lake Vü™ HD Ultra cartography¹

GPX Waypoints Transfer
If you have waypoints, tracks or frequently used routes stored on another manufacturer’s GPS product – or on a Garmin handheld device – now it’s easier than ever to transfer those items to your new Garmin chartplotter, via industry-standard GPX software formatting. GPX is an open standard format for GPS data exchange across platforms and applications. With this easy-to-use interface technology, Garmin has taken “no waypoint left behind” to a whole new level of trade-up convenience.

Includes

  • echoMAP 95sv with Canada LakeVü™ HD
  • Power/data cable
  • Quick-release mount
  • Flush mount
  • Protective cover
  • GT40-TM transducer (12-pin)
  • Hardware
  • Documentation

You can purchse the unit directly from this link: http://radioworld.ca/echomap-95sv-canada-p-13632.html

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Hunt at Haiwatha – June 25, 2016 Toronto

Radioworld presents the HUNT AT HAIWATHA on June 25, 2016

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with special guests
Tim “Ringy” Saylor and “King” George Wyant from Diggers
(sponsored by Garrett Electronics)

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The tickets for the Hunt at Haiwatha are now available on a first come first serve basis. Tickets for the day are $75 per adult, $40 for kids 12 or under.

This hunt will take place on Saturday June 25, 2016 at Centre Island, Toronto. (Haiwatha Islands) from 10 am to 5 pm.

This promises to be the BIGGEST AND BEST HUNT ever seen in Canada and we invite EVERYONE to participate!

  • Organized Hunts with GREAT FINDS
  • Historical Finds Hunt – Details to be announced on site only!
  • Metal Detecting GAMES AND CONTESTS for all ages
  • AWESOME BBQ lunch and refreshments provided
  • Giveaways, prizes and a chance to win Metal Detectors from GARRETT ELECTRONICS!

You may order your tickets online, in the store, emailing <diane@radioworld.ca> or calling us at 416-667-1000

MORE INFO:

I have negotiated a $99 per evening rate for attendees as follows;

Four Points by Sheraton
Toronto Airport
6257 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E4, Canada
fourpoints.com/torontoairport

Link to info https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action

Or call the Reservations Department at 1-800-565-5769 or directly at 905-678-1401 and identify themselves as being with Radioworld.

The day’s events will include seeded hunts, metal detecting contests, raffles and draw prizes and a unique “TREASURE HUNT” like no other! Details for this special hunt are top secret and will be only disclosed to registered attendees at registration! We will also be offering complimentary refreshments and a BBQ Lunch for all Registered Attendees.

SPECIAL GUESTS – The Hunt at Haiwatha is pleased to announce the following special guests that will be attending this event;

“King” George Wyant – Diggers TV
Tim “Ringy” Saylor – Diggers TV
Steve Moore – Garrett Metal Detectors
Steve Zazulyk – The Curse of Oak Island – Season 1
Pete Anderson – Anderson Detector Shafts
Ryan Fazekas – Anderson Detector Shafts
Dan Dawson – Canadian Metal Detector Forums Owner/Moderator (Daniel A.)
Bruce Campbell – Canadian Metal Detector Forums Moderator (2nd Old Man)

You may order your tickets online, in the store, emailing diane@radioworld.ca or calling us at 416-667-1000

More details added as they become available….

 

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Fishing Electronics Seminar April 30th

We are hosting a fishing electronics seminar at Radioworld on Saturday April 30th 2016. Speakers and reps from all the major manufacturers will be here. The seminars will be about 40 mins in length and you are welcome to attend one or all of them as they are all free of charge!

9am – Nick Cousvis – Humminbird/Minn Kota

10am – Gerry Heels – Lowrance

11am – Dave Bairstow – Garmin/Panoptix

These seminars will be great to attend to better learn from these pro’s how to use your electronics. If you are undecided on which brand to purchase join us for all the seminars to see which brand will be best for you.

Fishing Seminar-Gobi2We’ll have a sale on our marine electronics that day as well with incredible prices!
Please register with us by emailing events@radioworld.ca

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